Book Rack


The Great Indian Love Story

Ira Trivedi
Penguin, 2009, pp 187, Rs 199

This book is set in a world where appearances mean everything and nothing is as it seems. The author weaves together sex, revenge, glitz, unlikely friendships and a chilling murder to create a potent cocktail in this gripping novel on the perfidious nature of love, passion  and power.

Stephen Fry in America
Stephen Fry
HarperCollins, 2009, pp 344, Rs 399

What of America, the thrillingly varied colossus of a country that Stephen went to explore? What is the reality beneath the stereotypes of gun-toting and Bible-bashing? In his chariot of Englishness — a black London cab — Stephen starts his epic journey on the east coast and zig-zags across America, stopping in every state from Maine to Hawaii.

Amrita and Imroz:
In The Times of Love and Longing
Full Circle, pp 191, Rs 295

The love letters of Amrita Pritam, poet and novelist, and Imroz are an interesting insight into the personalities of two highly creative minds. The reader gets intimate glimpses of the extraordinary relationship between the renowned author  and her artist companion. These letters are also a record of the social history of those times, a far cry from modern quick services.

Seeds of Terror
The Taliban, the ISI and The New Opium Wars
Gretchen Peters
Hachette India, 2009, pp 302 , Rs 495

This book will reshape the way we think about the Taliban and al Qaeda, revealing them less as ideologues and more as criminals who earn half a billion dollars every year off the opium trade. With the breakneck pace of a thriller, the author traces their activities from the vast poppy fields of Helmand to heroin labs run by Taliban commanders, from drug convoys protected by Stinger missiles to Dawood Ibrahim’s money-laundering services in Karachi and Dubai.

Wandering in Many Worlds:
An Autobiography
Justice V R Krishna Iyer
Longman, 2009, pp 308, Rs 595

An account of over 30 eventful years of prominent contributions by Justice V R Krishna Iyer as a human rights lawyer, minister, legislator, high court judge, member of the Law Commission, Supreme Court Judge and social activist. This book is also rich with his experiences of the occult and conversations with the dead.

Haunting Silhouettes:
A Stroll Down Memory Lane
Sandeep Sudhakaran
Cedar, 2009, pp 184, Rs 175

What happens when a wife wakes up one morning to find that she was not sleeping with her husband all this while, but a stranger whom she had known for more than seven years. An emotional turmoil gets unearthed from the charred ashes of memories when this lady starts digging into the past of her husband’s life.

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